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Thursday, November 23, 2006

Turkey Day PR......ACCOMPLISHED!

I have one thing to be thankful for.....my ankle, who's getting stronger and stronger. It proved itself when I completed my 1st Turkey Trot today. It was awesome! The weather is very awesome and warm. I woke up this morning at 6:30 a.m. this morning and headed out at 7 a.m. to get out to Downtwon Minneapolis. I parked a little bit farther for FREE in a parking ramp than most of the runners, who chose to park near the Target Center (and had to PAY for parking. tee-hee!) The race was PACKED - over 8,000 people participated. It was CRAZY! I had my registration taken care of by 8:00 and headed to the start line. We started a little bit late, but I was at the FRONT of the pack (ok....near the front of the pack.) One thing I do NOT recommend doing is making a fool of yourself during the National Anthem by giving a shout-out during the 2nd to the last line ending at "in the land of the FREE"....and being the ONLY ONE going it. It's cool to do it during a baseball or football game, but NOT a 5K where you look like goof-ball. **blush** Unfortunately, they warned us of some glare ICE and wet on a small batch of wooden planks around mile 2. OH SHIT! It is BAD enough that I recovering from one injury I do not need another...PLEASE! Well, I was off with the pack. Everything felt very good and I moved at a comfortable pace. I reached at mile 1 at 9:40. Everything was very smooth. When I reached the point that they warned about, it was not that bad and it was not a SMALL batch. It was almost 0.25 miles along - geeez! LIARS! I reached at 19:53 (10:13 split). Plus I started feeling like a going slightly UPHILL - not good this right now. I was also starting to get tired and needed some more mental motivation....and NOW. I told myself that I was almost done and getting closer and closer to finish. Well, I finished strong at 30:37 - a PR by less than a minute. Whooohoo! I was hoping to go sub-30:00, but I said FUCK IT as I slowly got closer to the finish.

When I finished, I headed into the mess of a line to get my bag and race t-shirt. The race was not too bad, but the organization getting the shirt and stuff was BAD. Plus there was NO food for the racers like in other 5K's that I have done. Thank GOD that I had piece of my PB&J that I made left in my car and ate it quickly. Then I headed to Caribou Coffee, who I am also THANKFUL for being open, for a Chai Tea Latte and some Gingerbread. My ankle started to get sore so I took it home to enjoy. Once home, I went into the bathroom, filled a bucket full of ice cold water, and placed my foot and ankle in for 10 minutes. It was horrible at first, but once I was in there it brought a lot of relief as I checked e-mail and relaxed. Afterwards, I got ready for a shower before heading for a 2 hour nap. I headed to the in-laws for turkey and goodies. Tommorow and Saturday will be cross-training days to recover from the 5K. I will also be spending the rest of Friday, since I took a day-off and still get PAID, watching my beloved Colorado Buffalos do well against the Nebraska Cornhuskers along the other college football games. Beer and goodies with me. Today's workout 5K - run 30:37 - NEW PR!!! 9:51/mile - Whooooohoooo!

11 comments:

Full Metal Lunchbox said...

Congratulations again!

You should be very proud of yourself.

(And the snapshot of your foot in the ice bucket is one of the all-time great RBF blog photos!)

neese said...

firefly you impress me, the fact that you knocked out that 5k with your healing ankle is one thing but then to PR is just awesome! "foot in a bucket" IS a funny photo! hope it continues to do well, congrats!

Angie said...

congratulations!!!! happy thanksgiving!

Rose said...

Congratulations on the pr! I've done the ice bucket treatment and totally relate to that initial temperature shock - but it does help.

Marty said...

Damn you're becoming a regular speed runner! Congrats on your PR!

Marty

teacherwoman said...

Sounds like almost everyone was breaking PR's yesterday!! Way to go firefly! Hope the ankle treats you well!

Theoutofshapeguy said...

GREAT JOB ON PR

Laurie said...

Congrats on your awesome PR! You definitely should be proud of yourself. With ankle problems and all you still managed a PR. Just wait until you are back to full health!

Anne said...

That's quite a feat with the large crowd and the quarter-mile of black ice on the road. I hope it was a great big chai and gingerbread!

Ryan said...

Congratulations! That's a way to celebrate Thanksgiving. I like Beer and goodies, too.

Wanna-be 5k-er said...

AWESOME TIME!!!!!!!!! And on a recovering ankle, wow, wow, wow!